NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Sara Messler of the Saint Anselm College women's basketball team scored a career-high 17 points in Wednesday's 57-54 loss at the University of New Haven.
Saint Anselm falls to 8-7 on the year and to 4-4 against Northeast-10 Conference opponents. New Haven evens its overall record at 6-6, winning its second league game of the year in seven attempts.
Messler was 7-for-15 from the floor, making a career-high three triples, en route to a 17-point, seven-rebound performance. Sophomore Shannon Ryan scored 16 points and reeled in seven rebounds while freshman Peyton Steinman had six of her team's 16 assists. 10 different Hawks players had at least one rebound in the loss.
With the game tied at 54 in the game's final 21 seconds following a Ryan layup, the Chargers elected to drain the clock as an Alexandria Kerr three-point basket with 2.5 seconds left in regulation proved to be the difference in the contest. The Hawks held decisive edges in field goal percentage and rebounding but committed 17 turnovers in the contest with the hosts losing the ball only seven times.
The Hawks opened up a 15-10 lead on New Haven with 4:07 left in the first period as Messler had scored 10 of her squad's points during the first 6:53 of play. New Haven finished the first period strong, using an 8-0 run with all eight points scored by Khayla Trowell to capture an 18-15 lead.
The Chargers would maintain the lead heading into halftime with the help of five turnovers by the Hawks in the second period.
Saint Anselm built a game-high lead shortly before the fourth quarter as Messler, freshman Jenoyce Laniyan and Ryan combined for seven-straight points to lift the Hawks to a 40-34 lead with 11:23 left in regulation time.
Turnovers would doom the Hawks down the stretch as five miscues led to a 23-14 scoring advantage for New Haven in the game's final 11:23. Saint Anselm took only two shots in the game's final two minutes leading up to Kerr's game-winning heave from the perimeter.
Trowell led the way with 15 points for New Haven. Kerr collected a team-leading seven rebounds for the Chargers, who have won seven of the last nine games played against the Hawks since the start of the 2012-13 season.